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Hidden Behind the Queensland rock orchid in  full flower.

Hidden Behind the Queensland rock orchid in full flower.

Finding your way.

Pauline almost hidden.

Pauline almost hidden.

 I made a little pathway, out of old recycled bricks, into the garden and built a little hideaway there out of materials from the tip, sheltered seat behind the shrubs and plants. Pauline painted a boarded with folk art pictures of flowers and the words “stop and rest and let the world catch up.”

"Don't at me look at Pauline's art work.

“Don’t look at me, look at Pauline’s art work.

It is our secluded place to hide away from the busy world, to be still and observe nature with all our senses. To study the plants, observe the small creatures and the details that busy people have no time to notice.

Take a seat relax, let the joy of life catch up to you.

Take a seat relax, let the joy of life catch up to you.

 A place to be still for a few moments till a hush descends upon us that fills all our being and leaves us calm and relaxed. There is nowhere to rush, we have arrived. To that place where there is no judgement, no good or bad, things are just as they are.

The words Pauline wrote remind me to slow down.

The words Pauline wrote remind me to slow down.

 Everything then comes together we are one with the Almighty that controls the universe. Everything is then one deep connection, there is no them and us we are one. We are then embraced in life, in appreciation of creation and harmony in the flow of nature.

Secluded seats are a feature of our garden.

Secluded seats are a feature of our garden.

 Quiet places are needed to still and calm the turbulent waters flooding our mind, an undisturbed hide away to control the wild thoughts that dampen joy. To quench the thirst of wanting and find calm and contentment.

Also seats to share company.

Also seats to share with company.

There are many paths to a tranquil place where peace and contentment can be found, not all made of demolition bricks. Your path may be different to mine. As long as it has a sound base made with love in your heart it will serve you well. And your destination will be a place of joy.

After the watering is finished.

After the watering is finished sit and admire the gem stone columns.

 Do not stray from your righteous path, walk it mindfully. A path must be walked in steady steps to reach the destination; there are no free rides in this world. There are only free gifts from nature but you will not experience them if you are in a hurry. Slow down enough to let the world catch up to you.

I made some blues friends to share my hideaway with.

I made some blues friends to share my hideaway with.

 

 

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A change of pace.

Mt Warning.

Mt Warning.

                    NEW GOVARDHANA.

I took a break from the TV commercials, neon lights and the grasping materialistic society. Matilda (the pop top van) and I headed for the beautiful lush Tweed Valley to the Hare Krishna Community Farm for a change of pace.

Road up to the Temple.

Road up to the Temple.

I WWOOFed, working as a willing worker on their organic farm for five days. Hoeing in the garden and I fixed the fence where the bull had found a way in for a sneaky meal. I did some sweeping and cleaning with the company of beautiful young people, from many countries.

The garden Krishna Concious community.

The garden Krishna conscious community.

Scotland, and France, Italy and many Asian countries were represented as well as New Zealand.  These people from different cultures blending-in, in perfect Krishna harmony as an example of how the world could live caring and sharing in friendship, peace and harmony.

Brehut with his magic wand.

Brehut with his magic wand.

One job I especially liked was helping Brehut by cutting the vegetables. Then Brehut showed me how he worked his magic with herbs and spices, using a wooden spoon as his wand to transform those veggies into delicious meals.

Lunch time the days work completed.

Lunch time the days work completed.

Healthy, tasty vegetarian food does no harm to animals so it makes one feel good as well as doing good.

Gentle giants, White House for the ladies in the background.

Gentle giants, White House for the ladies in the background.

Who wants to make their stomach a grave yard for animals? You can sample this food at any Govindas buffet style restaurant. Fresh vegetables from organic farms cooked to perfection, refreshing drinks and delightful deserts.

Sweet desserts.

Sweet desserts.

After working up an appetite I enjoyed meal time. Three scrumptious meals a day proved too much for me I cut back to eating breakfast and lunch. Missing dinner I slept better and it was the golden hour for photography.

The birds roost at the golden hour.

The birds roost at the golden hour.

It was my quiet time to be with nature exploring the areas superb scenery, the animals, and birds coming home to roost for the night.

The sunlight adds to her beauty.

The sunlight adds to her beauty.

I had other quiet times after lunch in the library and a lounge area near where Matilda was parked. It was a favored place for guitar playing, I enjoyed some beautifully laid back acoustic guitar playing.

Odin and Slim Jim guitar.

Taking it easy listening to Odin on  Slim Jim the guitar.

I felt blessed having relaxing instrumental music played, it seemed, exclusively for me. I was fortunate to be entertained on three occasions by different talented artists.

Just another day in paradise.

Just another day in paradise.

This had been a perfect retreat for me and as I had Matilda to sleep in and worked as a WWOOFer I was told there would be no charge, but a donation would be appreciated.

Worker friends and Matilda parked in the background.

Worker friends and Matilda parked in the background.

As the work benefited me and the food was fantastic, I brushed the moths aside opened the wallet and gave as if I had done no work. One cannot call doing what you like work, it was a pleasure.

Jack with some young friends.

Jack with some young friends.

Feeling reluctance I left, but happy in the knowledge I could return. On the road again. Nimbin, of Hippie fame, is only a short hop away for a visit. Then by tonight I will be back with Pauline my pommepal partner.

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